This means Dubai Safari will be opening VERY soon…

One of Dubai’s oldest attractions, the controversial Jumeirah Zoo, will close on November 5 to make way for Dubai Safari.

Khalid Al Suwaidi, director of the Leisure Facilities Department at Dubai Municipality, said most animals from the 50-year-old zoo would be moved to the new park in Al Warqa, which is set to open in late November.

“The zoo has been a testimony to the leadership’s commitment and keenness all these years to be ahead in wildlife conservation and providing entertainment services to the local community,” he said.

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A closing ceremony would be held at the old zoo on November 5 to honour its employees, he added. Members of the public would be welcome to attend and enter the zoo free of charge on that day.

After suffering a number of setbacks, in September it was revealed that the hugely anticipated Dubai Safari would finally be ready to open ahead of the UAE’s National Day on December 2.

Tim Husband, Dubai Safari’s technical director, also confirmed that almost all of the 3,500 animals due for the park’s first phase were in place. Upon completion, 10,000 animals will inhabit the animal sanctuary.

The Dhs1 billion park will be split up into sections, including an Arabian village, Asian village, African village and eventually an Americas and Australia exhibit.

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